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Replanted Kelp Forest Thrives Offshore

Replanted Kelp Forest Thrives Offshore

Diving 50 feet to the ocean floor off Laguna Beach’s coast was like landing on a desolate, evacuated planet.  There was no sign of life. Not even a lone, drifting kelp spore or a tenacious purple spiny sea urchin to devour it. “When we started, there was nothing there, nothing,” said marine biologist Mike Curtis.  […]

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Coming Uncorked

Coming Uncorked

Change is the trend these days. Fashion changes regularly as manufactures strive to bring something new to shelves each season. In my line of work as an interior designer I am presented with a color forecast regularly. These are the colors expected to be trending. Even politicians often run on a platform of “change.” Some […]

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Giving Voice to Loss

Giving Voice to Loss

Loss has been on the front-burner bombarding many of my clients lately. These losses include not only relationship endings and departures of loved ones but also losses of romantic dreams, impossible expectations, illusions of safety and the loss of a younger self that thought it would always be invulnerable and immortal. Some of the words […]

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Gooseneck Barnacle

Gooseneck Barnacle

For the past two months, we started to experience daytime negative tides, a seasonal phenomenon where the tide becomes low enough to allow tidepool visitors to see organisms that are normally covered in water or inaccessible due to strong wave action.  One of these creatures is the gooseneck barnacle (Mitella polymerus), a crustacean found living […]

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A Crystal Cove Christmas

A Crystal Cove Christmas

The sign said, Crystal Cove State Park Campground. This was Laguna Beach, Calif., Dec. 24, 2013. I saw Dawn open one eye. “Hey, go back to sleep or Santa won’t come!” Dawn elbowed me one hard. “Ain’t never come before. Don’t even know where we live now. You askin’ for another stupid ol’ Christmas tree?” […]

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Where we Live!

Where we Live!

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Keeping the Spirit Alive

Keeping the Spirit Alive

  The world had been sad since Christmas went away. The lack of Christmas spirit made it just go away. Outside there seemed to be no horizon. The ocean and the sky were gray. No wind. The house and its lack of light made the shadows that followed Aiden seem darker. The beautiful ocean which […]

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Keeping the Spirit Alive

Keeping the Spirit Alive

By Roderick Reed The world had been sad since Christmas went away. The lack of Christmas spirit made it just go away. Outside there seemed to be no horizon. The ocean and the sky were gray. No wind. The house and its lack of light made the shadows that followed Aiden seem darker. The beautiful […]

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Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Foreign Seaweed Invading Tidepools

Experts say it came over to North America from Japan 10 years ago, clinging to the hulls of freighters. Sargassum horneri, the invasive seaweed, then jumped ship, recently landing in the rocky tidepools and deeper sub-tidal zones along the Southern California coast.  Some experts say it’s sucking the daylight, and, hence, the life out of […]

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Benefits 11/15/13

Benefits 11/15/13

Community Clinic Honors Donors The Laguna Beach Community Clinic honored over 40 major donors and volunteers during a brunch held at The Cliff Restaurant on Sunday, Nov. 3. “Thanks to our supporters we continue to care for more than 5,000 patients each year, providing about 15,000 patient visits,” said Dr. Tom Bent, the clinic’s medical […]

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Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

  This is a true story about arrogance. Specifically, mine. It begins with kayaking. I go almost every day, venturing from one of the coves in north Laguna.  My usual route takes me north along the coast. I paddle to Emerald Bay and sometimes Irvine Cove.  From there, I race straight out a mile, rest […]

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Is Laguna Safer Today?

Is Laguna Safer Today?

Some conditions remain unchanged since a devastating wildfire swept through Laguna Beach on Oct. 27, 1993, a $528 million disaster that consumed or damaged 441 homes and cost no human lives, but continues to influence city policy. The sun continues to bake the town’s south-facing slopes, making them drier and more vulnerable to fire’s spread. […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Beholding Our Behemoths By Jan Sattler and Mia Davidson Although July through September is the prime viewing time for the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), so far in October our behemoth visitors are still hanging around and easily seen from Laguna’s cliffs and hills.  The blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to […]

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Musings on the Coast: Spying on Laguna

Musings on the Coast: Spying on Laguna

Dear National Security Agency: I know you know everything about me, including the dirty parts.  Especially the dirty parts.  After all, they are the ones worth savoring. I know, deep in your digital brain, you have categorized me as only a mild security risk and that you follow my movements because you follow everyone’s movements.  […]

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Green Light: Trolling for Trash

Green Light: Trolling for Trash

 Hopefully an army of Californians was out picking up trash along the Golden State’s 1100 miles of coastline on the morning of Sept. 21.  That was the California Coastal Commission’s annual cleanup day.  Having gone online with no success in finding out whether there was an organized effort in Laguna Beach, I decided to pick […]